From 18 June 2016 until 8 January 2017, iconic work by street art enigma Banksy was shown in Amsterdam. Banksy’s former agent and gallerist, Steve Lazarides, brought together a sizeable collection of the artist’s work, which was shown for the first time in Europe in the Beurs van Berlage.
Displayed in installations that include reconstructed London streets, underground stations, living rooms and even Banksy’s former studio, THE ART OF BANKSY presents a collection of original canvasses, painting and sculptures to tell the controversial artist’s story.
“There are over 85 art pieces in the exhibition, which makes it the biggest show of Banksy. What we are doing is to make the whole scenario a unique and never seen experience.” – Steve Lazarides
The Art of Banksy shows how his work remains provocative outside its original context and provides food for thought. What the exhibition does not do is reveal who or what Banksy is. This question has intrigued the art world since the early 1990s. Nevertheless, Britain’s Banksy pops up all over the world with humorous, politically-slanted and sometimes challenging works, which he places in public spaces to rattle the establishment’s cage—usually by spraying images and messages on walls using stencils.
A new work by Banksy recently appeared opposite the French Embassy in London. It is an image inspired by the poster for the musical Les Misérables in which Banksy pictures the girl crying from the effects of tear gas. It is a condemnation of the actions of the French police in the refugee camp in Calais.
The Art of Banksy
18 June – 8 January 2016 - the exhibition is no longer open.
Beurs van Berlage, Damrak 243, Amsterdam
Visitors of our exhibition should leave their backpacks, large bags, suitcases and other big objects outside the Beurs van Berlage. These can be stored at, for example, the ‘drop & go’, situated at Central Station. This is a 4 minute walk from the Beurs van Berlage. This does not apply to visitors of congresses.